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- <h3>^-=JOURNALS FOR E300-W ANALYSIS OF LITERARY FORMS, CSU FULLERTON SPRING 2012 (2/1/12)=-^
+ <h3>^-=JOURNALS FOR E300-W ANALYSIS OF LITERARY FORMS, CSU FULLERTON SPRING 2012 (3/9/12)=-^


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SCHEDULE FOR COMPLETING THE JOURNAL SETS


- <b>CONFIRMATION MESSAGES:</b> Within two days after receipt, I'll email you an initial confirmation letting you know that I received your journal set, and a week or so afterwards I'll email you a more formal message with your grade for that set. If you don't receive a timely initial confirmation, it's your responsibility to let me know very soon (not weeks later!) †if I don't confirm receipt, I may well not have received your message and you will need to resend it.
+ <b>CONFIRMATION MESSAGES:</b> Within two days after receipt, I'll email you an initial confirmation letting you know that I received your journal set, and a week or so afterwards I'll email you a more formal message with your grade for that set. If you don't receive a timely initial confirmation, it's your responsibility to let me know very soon (not weeks later!) – if I don't confirm receipt, I may well not have received your message and you will need to resend it.

- <b>FORMATTING OF JOURNAL SETS</b> Use a common typeface like Times New Roman, Calibri, etc. and ordinary point size and margin settings. On average, "a page" means approximately 500 words. Don't skip several spaces between individual entries, but please include an initial bolded title line for a given author or text so I know what you're writing about. On average, by "a page," one means approximately 500 words. Or as the mafia boss Sam Rothstein says to his hapless chef in Scorsese's Vegas film <i>Casino,</i> "From now on, I want you to put an equal amount of blueberries in each muffin. An equal amount of blueberries in each muffinâ¦. I don't care how long it takes. Put an equal amount in each muffin."
+ <b>FORMATTING OF JOURNAL SETS</b> Use a common typeface like Times New Roman, Calibri, etc. and ordinary point size and margin settings. On average, "a page" means approximately 500 words. Don't skip several spaces between individual entries, but please include an initial bolded title line for a given author or text so I know what you're writing about. On average, by "a page," one means approximately 500 words. Or as the mafia boss Sam Rothstein says to his hapless chef in Scorsese's Vegas film <i>Casino,</i> "From now on, I want you to put an equal amount of blueberries in each muffin. An equal amount of blueberries in each muffin…. I don't care how long it takes. Put an equal amount in each muffin."


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- <b>Journal Set 2</b> (Weeks 7-11): the second section of the course concerns poetry. Since I have assigned short poems by quite a number of poets for variety's sake, what I would like to see is a few detailed paragraphs (single-spaced) each on at least several of the authors assigned for each poetry week. In other words, you don't need to cover all of the authors for any given week, but you should address several of them and not skip over any week's authors. In one case (Harlem Renaissance), we are reading short critical texts about the primary authors -- include some reflection on at least <i>two</i> such critic's comments. <b>Due Date:</b> Email all entries clearly labeled and bundled into a single MS Word or similar file by the end of SUNDAY 04/08.
+ <b>Journal Set 2</b> (Weeks 7-11): the second section of the course concerns poetry. Since I have assigned short poems by quite a number of poets for variety's sake, what I would like to see is a few detailed paragraphs (single-spaced) each on some poems by at least several of the authors assigned for each poetry week. In other words, you don't need to cover all of the poems or authors for any given week, but you should address several and not altogether skip over any week's authors. In one case (Harlem Renaissance), we are reading short critical texts about the primary authors -- include some reflection on at least <i>two</i> such critic's comments. <b>Due Date:</b> Email all entries clearly labeled and bundled into a single MS Word or similar file by the end of SUNDAY 04/08.

- <b>Journal Set 3</b> (Weeks 12-16): the third section of the course concerns drama. 2-3 pages of reflections (single-spaced) total for each of our primary assigned authors should do fine. <b>Due Date:</b> Email all entries clearly labeled and bundled into a single MS Word or similar file by the end of FINAL EXAM DAY.
+ <b>Journal Set 3</b> (Weeks 12-16): the third section of the course concerns drama. 2-3 pages of reflections (single-spaced) total for each of our primary authors' assigned plays should do fine. <b>Due Date:</b> Email all entries clearly labeled and bundled into a single MS Word or similar file by the end of FINAL EXAM DAY.


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- What should go into the individual entries that make up a given set? Focus on each text's specific language, themes, and structure to develop your comments, and on substantive questions or observations that arise about the works themselves as you read and reflect. Do NOT bother with the following: detailed biographical material, ideas gleaned from professional online or hard-copy "notes," or vague generalisms about life and literature. As the British romantic poet William Blake once wrote, "to generalize is to be an idiot." (Of course, that's in itself a generalism, but still â¦.) Your thinking should be your own, not a copy-and-paste job. It would be unfair to suggest that all of the online notes one finds on the Web are inaccurate or inept, but the truth is that they usually say what "everybody knows." Simply retailing what everybody supposedly thinks about a given work won't encourage you to <i>learn</i> anything in the deepest sense (the kind that means something to you personally) from your engagement with literary works. Strike out instead on your own path. The Impressionist critic Walter Pater said that any critic's first task is to register and come to grips with his or her own impressions about the object being experienced. Pater was right: if you can't get clear on your own impressions, on your own questions and observations, you're not likely to say much that interests anybody else. Make that clarity your goal, then, in the journal entries and full sets that you develop.
+ What should go into the individual entries that make up a given set? Focus on each text's specific language, themes, and structure to develop your comments, and on substantive questions or observations that arise about the works themselves as you read and reflect. Do NOT bother with the following: detailed biographical material, ideas gleaned from professional online or hard-copy "notes," or vague generalisms about life and literature. As the British romantic poet William Blake once wrote, "to generalize is to be an idiot." (Of course, that's in itself a generalism, but still ….) Your thinking should be your own, not a copy-and-paste job. It would be unfair to suggest that all of the online notes one finds on the Web are inaccurate or inept, but the truth is that they usually say what "everybody knows." Simply retailing what everybody supposedly thinks about a given work won't encourage you to <i>learn</i> anything in the deepest sense (the kind that means something to you personally) from your engagement with literary works. Strike out instead on your own path. The Impressionist critic Walter Pater said that any critic's first task is to register and come to grips with his or her own impressions about the object being experienced. Pater was right: if you can't get clear on your own impressions, on your own questions and observations, you're not likely to say much that interests anybody else. Make that clarity your goal, then, in the journal entries and full sets that you develop.


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